Tell the President to Pardon C.I.A. Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

My husband Jeffrey Sterling is a former C.I.A. operative and an innocent man who was convicted of seven counts of espionage on January 26, 2015 -- for merely communicating with New York Times journalist James Risen. He’s now serving a 3.5-year prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Colorado.

This is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. My husband was wrongfully sentenced to prison simply because he was in touch with a journalist. During Jeffrey’s trial, the Department of Justice was unable to present any direct evidence proving that he divulged classified information to Risen. They relied on circumstantial evidence -- emails and telephone conversations -- to try to make a case to a jury who would likely favor his conviction.

Jeffrey utilized proper channels and informed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of his concern for the safety of the American people -- as such, Jeffrey is a whistleblower.

Please join me and the coalition of organizations led by Reporters Without Borders, RootsAction and ExposeFacts in my request to the Obama Administration to immediately issue a pardon for my husband.

President Obama publicly committed to a transparent government, yet it has been shrouded in mistruth and secrecy. Jeffrey’s conviction is only the latest chapter in the administration’s war on whistleblowers and sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of information. In fact, the Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined.

An innocent man who dedicated his life to serving the United States has been wrongfully jailed under President Obama’s watch. This is his opportunity to show Jeffrey, our country, and the world what it means to be a true leader by acknowledging and making amends for a grave injustice that has been done. This can only be accomplished by granting Jeffrey Alexander Sterling an immediate pardon.

Jeffrey and I will not give up hope that many will soon realize the wrong that has been done and will help to make sure that Jeffrey will be vindicated. I will not cease discussing this tragedy in hopes that it will garner enough support for his release. Please sign my petition and share it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using #pardonforjeffrey as a way to help. Thank you.

— Holly Sterling

Petition to
President Barack Obama
We request the immediate pardon of Jeffrey Sterling, imprisoned C.I.A. whistleblower.

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    Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
    54940 4 hours ago Meaghan Simpson Fortuna, CA , US OY VAY!!! Crimes against whistleblowers beyond unconscionable war by USA gov on truth and justice!!!
    54939 1 day ago Robert Whitaker San Mateo, CA , US
    54938 1 day ago Anne Zellinger Haleiwa, HI , US
    54937 2 days ago Joni Lindgren Elgin, IL , US The wrong people are being sent to jail!
    When whistle blowers are not allowed to expose wrong doings, we set a bad allows the EXXONS and the Tobacco companies to continue to mi...
    54936 3 days ago Karin Brumpl Houston, TX , US
    54935 3 days ago Ciara Preston Redwood City, CA , US
    54934 3 days ago Debra Srogi Pittsburgh , PA , US This is a blatant miscarriage of justice.
    54933 3 days ago rocco frangione long beach, CA , US
    54932 3 days ago Anonymous Richmond, CA , US
    54931 3 days ago BILL ZAREMBA PUNTA GORDA, FL , US
    54930 4 days ago Susan Kushner Malvern, , PA , US I took down information your your web page source it is listed below. Please check to see if it is the correct address all my communications are monitored and if deemed necessary changed.
    I have...
    54929 4 days ago chris brazis sf, CA , US Freedom to those who tell the truth!
    54928 4 days ago Brant Grof Ronks, PA , US
    54927 4 days ago Lee Liddle Fresno, CA , US
    54926 5 days ago Ana Alvarez Clermont, FL , US
    54925 5 days ago Nancy Fomenko San Jose, CA , US
    54924 5 days ago Paul Sanchez Sacramento, CA , US
    54923 5 days ago Anonymous Los Angeles, CA , US Whistleblowers are heroes, not criminals.
    54922 5 days ago Karma Lekshe Tsomo San Diego, CA , US
    54921 6 days ago Nanlouise Wolfe Santa Cruz, CA , US
    54920 6 days ago Adriana Nieves Orlando, FL , US
    54919 6 days ago spence spivey portland, OR , US Be the guy we first voted for!
    Isn't it time? If not now, WHEN?
    If not you, WHO?
    54918 6 days ago Linda Sroa Novato, CA , US
    54917 6 days ago kate nyne oakland, CA , US
    54916 6 days ago Ernest Goitein Atherton, CA , US This injustice must be overturned
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    >>  AFP: "Pardon Sought for Ex-CIA Officer in Leak Case"
    >>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "Sterling Verdict Another Measure of Declining Government Credibility on Secrets"
    >>  Norman Solomon, The Nation: "CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to Prison: The Latest Blow in the Government's War on Journalism"
    >>  Reporters Without Borders: "Jeffrey Sterling Latest Victim of the U.S.' War on Whistleblowers"
    >>  ExposeFacts: Special Coverage of the Jeffrey Sterling Trial
    >>  BBC News: "Jeffrey Sterling's Trial by Metadata"
    >>  Documentary film: "The Invisible Man: NSA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling"

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